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Also Known As: Thomas Elliott Iii, Tom Elliott, Tom Janes, Tom Jane Died:
Born: February 22, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, chef

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Though he starred in his first movie when he was 17 years old, actor Thomas Jane spent several years - a few of them homeless - struggling to make it in Hollywood. Following small parts in films like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "The Crow: City of Angels" (1996), Jane had a breakout performance as a cocaine addict who helps two porn stars try to rob a freebasing drug dealer in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (1997). Though onscreen for only a few minutes, the actor was memorable enough for audiences to stand up and take notice. From there, he became a prominent face in several high-profile features, including "Deep Blue Sea" (1998) and "Under Suspicion" (2000), both of which helped turn him into a hot commodity. By the time he starred as "The Punisher" (2004), Jane was poised for superstardom, though the comic book-based action flick failed to live up to its hype, leaving his pending celebrity for another day. Nonetheless, he continued appearing in interesting projects - including as the star of the black comedy "Hung" (HBO, 2009-2011) - making Jane an actor always worthy of one's attention.

Though he starred in his first movie when he was 17 years old, actor Thomas Jane spent several years - a few of them homeless - struggling to make it in Hollywood. Following small parts in films like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "The Crow: City of Angels" (1996), Jane had a breakout performance as a cocaine addict who helps two porn stars try to rob a freebasing drug dealer in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (1997). Though onscreen for only a few minutes, the actor was memorable enough for audiences to stand up and take notice. From there, he became a prominent face in several high-profile features, including "Deep Blue Sea" (1998) and "Under Suspicion" (2000), both of which helped turn him into a hot commodity. By the time he starred as "The Punisher" (2004), Jane was poised for superstardom, though the comic book-based action flick failed to live up to its hype, leaving his pending celebrity for another day. Nonetheless, he continued appearing in interesting projects - including as the star of the black comedy "Hung" (HBO, 2009-2011) - making Jane an actor always worthy of one's attention.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Veil, The (2015)
2.
 Vice (2015)
3.
 Hard Drive (2014)
5.
 Samaritan (2014)
6.
 Red Machine (2013)
7.
8.
 Kingdom Come (2012)
9.
 Sleight of Hand (2012)
10.
 I Melt With You (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Gaithersburg, MD
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At age 17, offered a role in a Romeo and Juliet-themed film shot in India; dropped out of high school and moved to India
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Returned to the U.S. to study acting
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA; reportedly was homeless for a time, eating his meals at a Salvation Army while audtioning for acting roles
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Was a founding member of The Space Theater in L.A.
1992:
Had small role in the feature "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"; credited as Tom James
1993:
Cast in the feature "At Ground Zero" (released in 1996); credited as Tom Elliott
1996:
Returned to features with a supporting role in "The Crow: City of Angels"; first screen credit billed as Tom Jane
1997:
Portrayed a scruffy prisoner in "Face/Off"
1997:
Offered a memorable turn as a drug dealer in "Boogie Nights," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
1998:
Played a former drug dealer whose past catches up with him in the drama "Thursday"
1998:
Hired for role in "The Thin Red Line," directed by Terrence Malick
1999:
Played a gay man who falls for a bisexual porn star (Vincent D'Onofrio) in "The Velocity of Gary"
1999:
First mainstream lead role as a shark wrangler in the thriller "Deep Blue Sea"
1999:
Cast as the longtime friend who begins a romance with a woman "cured" of her autism in "Molly"
2000:
Co-starred with Sheree North in a Southern California stage production of "The Glass Menagerie"; played Tom Wingfield
2000:
Had supporting role as a hotheaded police detective in "Under Suspicion"
2001:
Portrayed Mickey Mantle in his quest to best Babe Ruth's batting record in the HBO drama "61*"
2001:
Acted with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie in "Original Sin"
2002:
Cast as Cameron Diaz's love interest in the romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing"
2003:
Co-starred with Morgan Freeman in "Dreamcatcher"
2004:
Played special agent Frank Castle in "The Punisher," based on the Marvel Comic
2004:
Portrayed André Stander in "Stander," the true story of a South African police captain who became a bank robber
2007:
Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut "The Tripper," a satirical horror film co-produced by Arquette and his wife Courteney Cox Arquette
2007:
Co-starred in Stephen King's "The Mist," written and directed by Frank Darabont
2009:
Cast as Ray Drecker, a struggling high school basketball coach who resorts to prostitution, on the HBO comedy series "Hung"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series ¿ Musical or Comedy ("Hung")
2011:
Co-starred in Mark Pellington's "I Melt with You"; also executive produced
2012:
Co-starred with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore in the remake of the French film "LOL"
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Education

Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School: Rockville , Maryland -

Notes

"... Action and horror can be dangerous for actors -- the audience has to be right with you. If for one moment the audience thinks the action isn't real, it all goes out the window. They are tough pictures to make, but when they work, they're great." --Thomas Jane quoted in Interview, August 1999.

"When I met with Tom [about appearing in "Deep Blue Sea"], I saw a 90s Steve McQueen. There's something mysterious and closed-in about him, but at the same time something incredibly charming and sexy." --director Renny Harlin quoted in Detour, August 1999.

On his gallery of eccentric roles and his own bout of homelessness, Jane told Premiere (September 1999): "Characters who walk on the other side are reminders that life is bumpy. As much as we try to follow the white lines, shit happens, and we can be thrown off into an embankment."

On why he became an actor: "I guess I couldn't hold down a normal job, and these people are the only people who consistently hire me." --Thomas Jane quoted in Empire, November 1999.

"I guess I'll be another ten-year overnight success." --Jane to Empire, November 1999.

"I've always known [acting] is what I'd do with my life, that I was exceptional at it. I have a great love for what I do and I'm continually getting better at it, and I'm going to be around for a long, long time. It's interesting to see the business, [how] the machine that surrounds the acting profession becomes aware of people as they come up." --Jane quoted in Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2000.

"I go over to him sometimes and say, 'You're going to be a big star; you'd better think about your image. What are you going to say to David Letterman? What are you going to say when you go on Jay Leno?'" --actress Sheree North, who co-starred in a 2000 stage production of "The Glass Menagerie" with Jane, quoted in Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2000.

"... That's the great thing about being an actor: getting a chance to live as other people, in so many different places. The traveling is so essential to the growth of a talent. It expands your worldview, and it deepens your understanding of the human condition."---Jane as quoted in Interview, August 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Olivia D'Abo. Actor. Engaged to be married; no longer together.
companion:
Patricia Arquette. Actor. Engaged in July 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Michael Elliott. Biogenetic engineer.
mother:
Cynthia Elliott. Antiques dealer.
daughter:
Harlow. Born February 20, 2003; mother Patricia Arquette.

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